5 Reasons to Study Your Bible

May 17, 2013

Building Faith

Most of us own a BIble, yet most of us would probably admit that we do not study it as often as we might think we should. Why is that? Perhaps some of the reason is because we tend to forget how important Bible study is. Here are five good reasons to study.

1. To detect the misuse of Scripture

There are two reasons people might misuse Scripture. The most obvious reason is human error. The Bible is a big book with much information. If we do not gather all the relevant information about a topic we will likely come to a conclusion that is not balanced and even wrong. No one is above making mistakes. Sometimes mistakes can take root and so many people believe it that it seems to be true. Remember the scares about Y2K? Many believed what was untrue.

Another reason people might misuse the Bible is to gain something from others. Religions often

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Study to avoid the wolf in sheep’s clothing

have the unfortunate reputation of only being out to gain power, money, or both. Sometimes that is an unfair stereotype, but sometimes religions deserve that reputation. Paul, one of the greatest men in the New Testament, wrote about such men who were impostors. In 1 Timothy 6:5 he mentioned unscrupulous men who thought that “godliness” was a means of “gain”. Jesus even warned of false teachers who come to us as wolves in sheep’s clothing. To know these people, we must know the Bible. We should carefully compare what people say with what we read there.

2. To be ready to answer tough questions

In 1 Peter 3:15 we are told to “Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.” The word “defense” is the word from which we get our English word, “Apologetics”. It means to make an orderly defense of a position we hold to be true.

Christians should know what they believe and why they believe it.

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Study to defend the faith

A good way to help with that is to attend good Bible classes that will help give the reasons for faith. Classes also give us the ability to learn how to give answers when people ask us difficult questions. No one can learn everything, but we can all learn something more.

Bible study should go beyond the Bible classes though. Nothing is better for learning the truth than a thorough and daily study of God’s Word. It doesn’t take hours at a time, though that is not bad either. If you apply yourself, you can study and learn many great things by working on it 30 minutes each day.

 3. It has all we need to guide us.

Second Timothy 3:16 tells us that God’s Word is given by God and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness. You might be surprised how often the Bible has something to say about our lives! God’s ways are the best ways, and He has shared them with us in the Bible.

4. It fills our minds with good things.

Philippians 4:8 says that one key to joy is to meditate on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy. The Bible certainly gives us many great lessons on these topics.

5. To show God we care

We should “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God” (2 Timothy 2:15). We cannot be perfect people because we all make mistakes, but we can be faithful. Anyone who would be called faithful must show himself or herself to be faithful.

Here are five great reasons to study the Bible. Can you add to the list? Let’s talk about it in the comments below!

-Butch Adams and Jason Sparks

About Jason Sparks

I am passionate about spreading the Gospel. God has blessed me with a wife and two children. I have been preaching full time since graduating Brown Trail School of Preaching in June, 1999 and also have an MA from University of Phoenix.

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